TMP: Let me make it clear right off the bat (HA) that The Dark Knight Rises was probably my most anticipated movie of the year (or, at the very least, dead second to Django Unchained). The Dark Knight is one of my favorite movies of all time, and one of the only films I qualify as "perfect" (the only other films I've deemed perfect since then are The Social Network and Toy Story 3). Thus, I went into The Dark Knight Rises with pretty high expectations. Mostly positive buzz only amplified that. Well I'm happy to say I wasn't disappointed. But not because The Dark Knight Rises is a great movie. No in fact, TDKR is one of the most frustrating films I've seen this year. No other film this year can measure up to the give and take that is The Dark Knight Rises. The Dark Knight Rises is occasional beautiful...but the pacing is a mess. The action is terrific...but the plot makes little to no sense. The direction is top notch....but the screenplay is occasionally laughable. The film is fantastic...yet so, so bad.